Brand new, old-school safari
The Central Serengeti. Home to a dizzying array of wildlife, big cats galore, those quintessential rippling grass plains and now, Kiota Camp. A relative newcomer to the Serengeti safari scene, Kiota opened in May 2015 and is really rather lovely. Perched atop a small hill, the bush views stretch endlessly from your tent door and the high season crowds seem a distant memory. Nothing is too much trouble here and the experienced team will spoil you from the moment you leap off the Jeep. It may be new, but Kiota is all about old-school hospitality and game viewing that you will never forget.
At the lodge
Don’t worry about putting your feet on the sofa here – Kiota is all about unpretentious and simple living and the camp gets it absolutely right. A large ‘living room tent’ is at the heart of the camp and there’s a small library and a bar to get stuck into during siesta time. The furniture is all made by local artisans in Arusha and feels perfectly authentic. Next door is a spacious dining tent and the all-important camp fire, perfect for swapping safari tales late into the night….
The ten tents are comfortable, airy and very safari-cool with lots of earthy tones, billowing curtains and brightly coloured bed spreads. All feel very private and the mini verandas are excellent for wildlife watching across the rippling plains. The ensuite bathrooms are particularly swish (particularly for a tent!) and feature lots of sleek wood and shiny mirrors, and excellent bucket showers with plenty of hot water. Handily, all rooms can be twins, doubles, triples or even family tents with extra twin beds.
Game drives are offered twice daily from Kiota and are usually jam packed with fantastic sightings. The Big Five, including rhino, are found in the area and cats are especially prevalent so don’t forget your camera (and some spare batteries). For a different perspective of the endless plains, try a serene balloon flight in the early morning or simply sit back with your binos and watch the wildlife come straight into camp.